Friday, 24 December 2021

Plant-based Egg Replacement

 Not really my thing to use plant-based egg replacement. For scrambled egg the best option I have found is some tofu fried with onion and various spices and turmeric. Anyway... I have tried one of the egg replacements.


Crackd: The No Egg Egg - (I haven't rated this at the moment - see below)

£4.00 / 490g bottle

I tried this out of curiosity. The first thing I did was add it to a bowl and use it as the egg part for some vegan chicken pieces that I was coating with crushed BBQ Pringles (while they were still vegan). For this it worked perfectly! Then I tried making scrambled egg / omelette with it in a frying pan. During the cooking process there was an awful smell which I just couldn't get over and in the end transferred the contents of the pan to the bin. So I don't really know what the finished product would have tasted like. I don't really know how to rate this because it may tasted alright. I won't be buying it again to find out.


Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Plant-based Butter and Spreads

I've never really been a massive fan of dairy (especially butter) and even as a child I would have my toast with just plain marmite. However I can see the appeal of having a spread or butter on it, so I've been trying some plant-based versions lately.

So far I have liked all of them and the one I buy tends to be whichever one is cheapest (standard price or special offer) when I happen to need some more. I don't tend to use them for cooking but when I have added some to a frying pan all of the blocks have worked pretty well. I haven't tried any of these for baking.

One of the blocks below is more buttery than the others, but I can't remember which one. I'll add this in once I figure which one it is.


Plant Pioneers (Sainsburys): Slightly Salted Block - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

£1.45 / 250g / Block

Nice. Does the job perfectly. I most-often end up buying this one as it is usually the cheapest option.


Flora: Plant Butter - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

£1.80 / 250g / Block

Nice. No problems.


Violife: Vioblock - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

£2.00 / 250g / Block

Nice.


Pure: Dairy Free Vegan Slightly Salted - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

£1.30(ish) / 250g / Block

Just as nice as the rest for what I use it for.


Plant Pioneers (Sainsburys): Slightly Salted Spread - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

£2.00 / 500g / Spread in a tub

This is also nice. Softer than the blocks which makes it easier to spread. It also works out much better value for money than the blocks. However I don't eat that much and these larger tubs go mouldy before I can finish them. With that in mind I don't buy this one anymore.




Plant-based Cheese

When it comes to cheese, I've only really ever liked the hard cheeses such as cheddar. So you will not find any information on here about any of the soft cheeses.

I've never found a perfect vegan cheese, and to be fair I've almost much given up trying new ones.

The main problem I find with the vegan cheeses is that when they are melted (cheese on toast / pizza / grated onto pasta) they feel like a melted plastic. The really annoying thing is the way the substance then sticks to the roof of the mouth. This is the part I think the producers really need to work on.

I don't really have reviews for any of the cheeses so far. For the record I like to leave the cheese in the grill until it starts to go golden and the Asda own brand option has been best at this. I'll get some ratings on this page at some point, but for now all I'll say is the Asda own brand is the best I've tried.

Sunday, 5 December 2021

Plant-based Desserts

 

Plant Pioneers (Sainsburys): Chocolate and Caramel Pots - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

2 x 100g / Chilled / approx £2

Chocolate and salted caramel mousse with a caramel ganache and a salted caramel sauce. It has some dark chocolate drops on the top. Delicious!


Plant Pioneers (Sainsburys): Tiramisu Dessert - ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

2 x 85g / Chilled / approx £2

Vegan tiramisu. Something I had been looking out for for a long time. These are nice enough and I would buy them again, but I think every element feels slightly underwhelming compared to the non-vegan version. The pots seemed quite small and I certainly could have eaten a bigger serving.


Aldi: Speculoos Cheezecake

450g (serves 6) / Frozen /

The dairy parts have been replaced with coconut milk, creamed coconut and coconut oil. We bought this for Christmas 2021 and it's possible that it will be a seasonal product. We will be eating on Christmas Day - I will update this in due course.

Monday, 29 November 2021

Plant-based - Breaded and Battered Chicken Pieces

This where you find nuggets and other breaded or battered chicken-style pieces.


M&S Plant Kitchen: Vegan Southern Fried Tenders - ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Made from a pea protein and coated in a southern fried breadcrumb coating. The flavour of the breadcrumbs was really good. The chicken part was also good - not the best, but still made for a nice meal.


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